Samsung is rolling out a new firmware update today for the Galaxy A8s. This is the company’s first smartphone with an Infinity-O display. The update that’s being rolled out brings the January 2019 security patch. It doesn’t bring much in the way of new features.
It certainly doesn’t bump up the device to Android 9 Pie. The Galaxy A8s ships with Android 8.1 Oreo and it firmly stays there. However, it will certainly receive the Pie update at some point later this year.
January 2019 security patch rolling out for the Galaxy A8s
Samsung is rolling out firmware version G8870ZCU1ASA1 for the Galaxy A8s in China. That’s the only country this firmware will be rolled out in for now. Samsung hasn’t released the Galaxy A8s anywhere else. The update is also available for download from our firmware section.
The security patch for January 2019 fixes three critical vulnerabilities in Android in addition to other high-risk ones. Four vulnerabilities found in Samsung’s software have been patched as well.
The Galaxy A8s is a unique device in that it has an Infinity-O display. It doesn’t have a notch but it does have a cutout in the display for the front camera. It’s also the first Galaxy-branded device to not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.
It has only been released in China but there are whispers that the Galaxy A8s may be launched in South Korea as well. The possibility that it may be expanded to other markets can’t be ruled out as well.